How to Become a News Analyst

The news is an essential part of daily life that provides valuable information to people all over the world. News analysts are trained professionals that analyze, explain, and broadcast a variety of news topics on many different communication mediums.

What does a news analyst do?

News analysts are broadcast journalists that obtain and prepare newsworthy information for a variety of audiences. They often work for television and radio stations. Some news analysts host news shows that verbally present current events. Sometimes news analysts introduce audio or video clips from reporters that are at news scenes. News analysts provide their opinions on a variety of topics such as political issues, trends, and breaking news events. Some news analysts complete research tasks and write copies of news stories that will be presented.

What kind of training does a news analyst need?

News analysts typically need at least a bachelor degree in mass communications, journalism, or other related field. Many aspiring news analysts complete internships while completing their education to gain practical experience in the field and establish valuable contacts. Many employers prefer candidates with related work experience. Many news analysts begin their careers as news reporters for small publications and move up to analyst positions as they gain the necessary experience and skills. News analysts must keep their skills up to date and keep up with the current advancements in the field. They often participate in continuing education and additional training throughout their careers.

What are the prospects for a career as a news analyst?

Employment of news analysts is expected to decline moderately, decreasing 6% from 2008 to 2018 (1). The increase in consolidation and convergence in broadcasting companies will contribute to the employment decline.

Job prospects are expected to be fair with strong competition for positions with large media companies. Job opportunities will be the best in new media outlets such as online magazines and newspapers. Some job openings will stem from the need to replace news analysts that retire, transfer, or leave the profession for other reasons.

How much do news analysts make?

As of January 2010, news analysts with 1 to 4 years experience earn average annual salaries between $30,000 and $48,323. Those with 5 to 9 years experience earn average annual salaries between $41,116 and $78,611 (2).

A career as a news analyst is an excellent choice for people with a strong interest in analyzing and presenting a variety of current information. News analysts must have a solid understanding of how to examine, interpret, and present news stories. Confidence, persistence, accuracy, dedication, and great networking skills are necessary characteristics. News analysts must be comfortable on camera and have a clear and pleasant appearance and voice. They must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team. News analysts must also be able to work under stress and pressure to meet strict deadlines.

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